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A Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is an independent team made up mainly of women and their families; commissioners (people who plan, buy and monitor services); and providers (people who deliver services such as midwives and doctors). The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) commission health services and the Local Authority (LA) commission public health and social care and support services. A Maternity Voices Partnership provides a way for this team of people to design and improve maternity care together. All these different people working together to share ideas and identify solutions for the design and improvement of maternity care is called co-production.

An MVP has the potential to contribute significantly to local maternity strategy, guidelines and policies, patient information services, clinical services and commissioning plans. With the current challenges faced locally at the moment, it is really important to hear the voices of women to inform service redesign. To make sure services work for all women and their families. A fully functioning MVP would listen to these collated views, including those harder to hear views, and bring them together with the views from staff and commissioners to form a comprehensive view of existing and potential future services. However, its function is more than simply to listen. It is a way of discussing challenges and ways of overcoming them, across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, to provide co-produced solutions.

There are 5 basic principles of the MVP:

  1. To work together, creatively, with respect, to develop solutions.
  2. To work together as equals, promoting and valuing participation. To listen to and seek out the voices of all women, families and carers using maternity services, making sure people from diverse communities have a voice. Especially those voices that are difficult or unusual to hear.
  3. To use personal experiences as evidence. ­
  4. To understand the importance of staff experiences and how that impacts on experiences for women, families and carers, and vice versa.
  5. To hunt for continuous quality improvement with a particular focus on closing inequality gaps.

All women in the area (and their partners and families) are able to participate in an MVP either by giving feedback to it or by becoming an active member.

 

Our Local MVP

Our local Maternity Voices Partnership is currently being Chaired and managed by our Maternity Voices Development Co-ordinator, Louise Macleod. Louise's role is to work with women and families as well as staff working in or with maternity services to help them have a say in service design and delivery and to actively seek feedback on maternity services. She will be establishing systems to provide feedback to local people about changes taking place and how their views have informed these changes and will be acting as an ambassador for patient, professional and public voices. We have a growing community of members who are engaging with many different exciting projects and are already having a say in how services are being developed.

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 Structure

The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin MVP Hub group currently meets every quarter. This group consists of Providers, Commissioners, Local Authorities as well as some outside organisations such as Health Watch and is chaired by the Maternity Voices Development Co-ordinator. We are keen to involve Experts by Experience into this group (service users) and would welcome anyone who has recent experiences of our maternity system to join us. We make these meetings as informal as possible and welcome children to join us if you are unable to get childcare.

We have an active Facebook page which has a growing community and enables information and feedback to be shared both ways. We also have smaller groups which focus on specific projects that need input. We have had focus groups on things such as Updating and personalising the pregnancy records, revamping the Shrewsbury Midwife Led Unit, Continuity of Carer and Perinatal Mental Health. The Facebook page is a great way to keep track of what is going on and enables everyone to get involved but we understand you can’t get involved in everything so if you have a specific passion about improving a certain area of the system them keep your eyes peeled for focus groups on that subject.

We will soon be recruiting for some Maternity Voices Volunteers to help us with the work of the MVP. These volunteers will be based out in their local communities helping gather feedback from Experts by Experience, spreading the word of the MVP to encourage others to get involved and to help us reach those people who are not always heard. These volunteers would then feedback to the main Hub group in a variety of ways ensuring important messages are shared. If you are interested in becoming a Maternity Voices Volunteer then please express your interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will then be able to keep you informed when this programme gets up and running.

How you can get involved

If you are interested in being involved in reshaping future maternity services, there are various ways of getting involved:  

  • You can liaise directly with our Maternity Voices Development Co-ordinator via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mobile 07773572739.
  • You can follow the MVP twitter account @MVP_Shrop_TW
  • You can join the MVP Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MaternityVoicesShropTW/
  • Contact us via our inbox This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Join our mailing list by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                                                                                                                            

Current ways to get involved

Volunteer Opportunity  - Maternity Voices Chair and Vice-chair positions

We require a chair and co chair to work with the MVP Development Co-ordinator to organise and facilitate the Maternity Voices Partnership across Shropshire Telford and Wrekin.

To request an expression of interest form or if you would like further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for expressions of interest is the 28th February 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunity - Maternity Voices Volunteers

We are looking for people who are interested in reshaping future Maternity services across Shropshire Telford and Wrekin.

To request an expression of interest form or if you would like further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The deadline for expressions of interest is the 28th February 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Projects

Perinatal Mental Health

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have been successful in getting additional money to invest in significantly improving our perinatal mental health services. All CCG’s across the country are due to be getting further funding for these services as of next year. However, the Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin CCG’s worked with CCG’s across Staffordshire to bid to receive this money early. Our bid was successful and we can start to make significant improvements to our perinatal mental health services this year.

The team that is looking at this new service are keen to have service user involvement to make sure that the service suits the needs of the people who are going to be using it. If you have an interest in shaping the future of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Perinatal mental health service or if you have had experience of perinatal mental health by either having experienced this yourself, have supported someone through this or are working within services that come across people going through this then we need your support!

The MPV has been asked to attend a meeting on the 16th August to help shape the future of the specialist service. Should you wish to attend please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A big thank you to all involved in this project so far especially to them team who have made this funding happen.

 

Maternity Movement Bracelet   Twitter pic of bracelet

The Local Maternity System (LMS) in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin has launched a pilot to raise further awareness of the importance of pregnant women being more aware of their unborn baby’s movements.

A maternity movement bracelet has been developed by a local mum, supported and funded by the LMS, which is being given out by midwives at 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The bracelet has been designed to help expectant mothers to monitor their baby’s movements during pregnancy by gently moving a small hoop around the bracelet when an episode of movement is experienced. We hope by using the bracelet expectant mothers will find it easier to notice their baby’s movement pattern and to understand when to expect to feel movement.

The movement bracelets are now being handed out by the community midwives for women booked to give birth in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin at their 24 week appointment.

If you are due to have your 24 week appointment soon you can expect to be handed one of the trial bracelets. We are keen to gather feedback on this pilot to make sure they work as we hope, so we will also be asking for you to provide details to enable us to contact you to complete a short survey. We will be grateful for any comments. If you have already received a bracelet then please do contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. to give your feedback.

If you are over 24 weeks and would like one of the trial bracelets then please do speak to your midwife as we will be giving the first batch out to women who are further gone in their pregnancy to ensure that we can gather feedback from people at different stages including some postnatal feedback.

If you need any further information on the bracelets or if you need any advice on how to use your bracelet then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have any concerns about your baby's movements then please call the triage unit on 01952 565948 / 01952 565712

 

There will be plenty of opportunity to get involved in improving our local maternity services over the next coming months so please keep an eye out for future events and projects either on Facebook or keep an eye on the information on this page.

Pregnancy Notes

Staff and members of the MVP have been working on improvements to the hand held pregnancy book and the new version is expected to be published later this year.

 

15 Steps To Maternity

The first ever 15 steps to maternity took place on the 23rd August 2019 at the Wrekin Midwife Led Unit. A write up of this will be available shortly.

 

Project Feedback

Maternity Voices Event - February 2018

To view information from the Maternity Voices Partnership event which took place on the 26th February 2018 please click here.

Continuity of Carer Events - June 2018

To view information from the two Continuity of Carer events which took place in June 2018 please click here.

Perinatal Mental Health 'Whose Shoes' Event June 2018

To view information from the Perinatal Mental Health Whose Shoes event which took place on 29th June 2018 please click here.

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We were lucky enough to be supported by a graphic illustrator who helped capture discussions and produced the following image for us to use.

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 Co-Production Event July 2018

To view information from the Co-production event which took place on 19th July 2018 please use the links below:-

  1. Infographic
  2. Evaluation Report
  3. PowerPoint Presentation used on the day
  4. Full Report

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We were lucky enough to be supported by a graphic illustrator who helped capture discussions and produced the following image for us to use.

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Continuity of Carer Survey - September 2018

To view the summary of the results from the Women's Continuity of Carer survey which took place September 2018 please click here.  If you wish to see the full results of the survey please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shrewsbury Midwife Lead Unit refurbishment

Staff and members of the MVP along with local photographers have been working together on the internal improvements of Shrewsbury MLU. These improvements include the addition of a birthing couch, decoration of the delivery rooms and two murals which will be displayed in the delivery rooms. The MLU was officially reopened by the Mayor of Shrewsbury on the 18th December 2018.

 

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Red Hat Project

SaTH changed their neonatal hypoglycaemia polies last year in line with the national agenda- Avoiding Term Admissions Into Neonatal units. This is a Programme of work initiated under patient safety to identify harm leading to term admissions. Current focus is on reducing harm and avoiding unnecessary separation of mother and babies.

Why is this important?

Mothers and babies have a physiological and emotional need to be together: hours and days following birth.

  • The first hour of life outside the womb is the time when a family is formed. A once-in-a-lifetime experience to be cherished and protected.
  • Important for physiological stability of baby and beginning of maternal infant interaction
  • The benefits of skin-to-skin care extend beyond birth. The mother learns about her baby’s needs and how to care for, comfort and soothe her new-born.

SaTH looked other trusts who had successfully launched this and have used ideas such as the traffic light hat system to identify mothers & babies at risk. SaTH chose to simplify this and go for just red hats to identify all babies in at risk groups.

The MVP were contacted by the Local Maternity System to ask them for their support with this project and the response that was received has been phenomenal.

The LMS would like to thank everyone who has knitted hats or spread the word about the project since the initiative was implemented. The Trust has been inundated with beautiful hats which have been gratefully received. Due to the number of hats received the Trust have now got a generous supply which should last them throughout the year.

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MVP Events

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin LMS have recently held three Whose Shoes events in Whitchurch, Telford and Church Stretton which were supported by the Maternity Clinical Network. The events had a great mixture of experts by experience and health professionals and the sessions were aimed at gathering general feedback on our local maternity system and helped to promote the work of our local MVP.  The key themes heard across the three sessions were communication, language, information, support, respect and personalisation. . Pledges have been collated and we will contact those individuals in late spring to follow up to see if they have been successful in completing those pledges. We were lucky enough to be supported by a graphic illustrator who helped capture discussions across all three events and produced the following image for us to use. A write up of the events can be found here.

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MVP Newsletters

To view the MVP 2018 Summer Newsletter please click here.

To view the MVP 2018 Winter Newsletter please click here.

To view the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Better Births newsletter please click here http://fliphtml5.com/byeza/khqs

 

 

MVP Leaflets

Our new Maternity Voices poster and leaflet are now available.

 

Dates of Quarterly MVP meetings are:-

17th September 2019 10-12 - University Shrewsbury Centre, The Guildhall Frankwell Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ  - Room 20

3rd December 2019 10-13 Venue to be confirmed

Should you wish to attend these meetings please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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